There’s a great new infographic out this month from the folks at CellPhoneCity’s Responsible Gadget Ownership team titled A Parent’s Guide to Teens and Mobile Use.
You can see the full infographic below, but first there are a couple of statistics that caught our eye:
The average US child gets his first cell phone at age 12. This seems like the correct number to us. There was a widely mentioned study earlier this year that claimed the average age is 6 years old, but we didn’t believe that for a second. Of course, it may be appropriate for kids younger than 12 to have a cell phone, particularly latch key kids or those who are active in after school activities. When you do it is an important consideration; what you tell them about it is equally so…
Only 26% of families have a contract for cell phone use. A contract, which spells out what is permitted and what isn’t, is certainly helpful, but the same end can be achieved without a formal document. It is very important that parents spell out the family’s expectations for safe and responsible use.
The full infographic:
While some schools use smartphones or tablets for in-class educational activities, according to the survey 72% of schools do not permit cell phone use in class. 51% of teens take their phone to school every day, so make sure that your child knows the rules and avoids distraction.
Only 17 states have laws on the books regarding sexting, but anyone who watches the news knows that it is a growing problem. Talk to your child early about the risks – before you purchase that first phone.
Smartphones are now part of the landscape, and we’re not going back. Make sure that your child understands the rules and the risks before purchasing their first phone, and monitor things carefully. It’s the safe and smart thing to do.
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